This is an excellent article by Norman Podhoretz in the Wall Street Journal. In his WSJ opinion piece, Mr Podhoretz exposes the dangers of President Obama's Neville Chamberlain style foreign policy regarding the Iranians nuclear weapons drive. One could argue that European leaders are at fault as well, however, they are just following Obama's lead.
Podhoretz reminds us of what the father of modern day radical Islam had to say about wiping out Israel. Ayatollah Khomeini, who brought the Islamist revolution to Iran in 1979, had this to say in 1981: "We do not worship Iran, we worship Allah. . . . I say let this land [Iran] go up in smoke, provided Islam emerges triumphant in the rest of the world."
Khomeini wasn't the only Iranian leader to share his honest views about annihilating Israel with a nuclear strike. So called "moderate" Hashemi Rafsanjani, in an Al-Quds Day sermon at Tehran University on Dec. 14, 2001 said this: "Application of an atomic bomb would not leave anything in Israel, but the same thing would just produce damages in the Muslim world."
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the holocaust denying former Iranian president, has been the most vocal Iranian proponent for wiping out Israel. On Israel's 60th birthday, Ahmadinejad said this to all that would listen:
"Those who think they can revive the stinking corpse of the usurping and fake Israeli regime by throwing a birthday party are seriously mistaken. Today the reason for the Zionist regime's existence is questioned, and this regime is on its way to annihilation."
Ahmadinejad also stated that Israel "has reached the end like a dead rat after being slapped by the Lebanese." Later, he said: "The Zionist regime is dying," and "The criminals imagine that by holding celebrations (...) they can save the Zionist regime from death." Ahmadinejad also stated that "They should know that regional nations hate this fake and criminal regime and if the smallest and briefest chance is given to regional nations they will destroy (it)"
In July 2012, ahead of Qods Day, Ahmadinejad said that "any freedom lover and justice seeker in the world must do its best for the annihilation of the Zionist regime in order to pave the path for the establishment of justice and freedom in the world," and that the ultimate objective of world forces must be the annihilation of the "Zionist regime".
Ahmadinejad added that “the Zionist regime is both the symbol of the hegemony of the Zionism over the world and the means in the hand of the oppressor powers for expansion of their hegemony in the region and in the world” and that "liberating Palestine" would solve all of the world's problems. Ahmadinejad also made allegations that Zionists control the world's media and financial systems, and that a "horrible Zionist current" had been managing world affairs for "about 400 years."
In August of 2012, at an annual protest against the existence of Israel, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that "the very existence of the Zionist regime is an insult to humanity" and that "the Zionist regime and the Zionists are a cancerous tumor. Even if one cell of them is left in one inch of (Palestinian) land, in the future this story (of Israel's existence) will repeat."
Ahmadinejad also said that Israel would soon be finished off, and that “the nations of the region will soon finish off the usurper Zionists in the Palestinian land". Ahmadinejad added that "it is dangerous if even 10% of the territory is given to the Zionists." Ahmadinejad also said, "The western powers cannot tolerate criticism of the Zionist regime. They feel compelled to defend it."
President Obama has staked his Iranian policy on the goodwill of new Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. The claim that Hassan Rouhani is a “moderate,” with whom Western leaders can do business on the basis of mutual self-interest is naive and somewhat foolish at best, and at worst dangerous and stupid.
Rouhani’s resume includes the bombing of a Jewish Community Center in Buenos Aires in 1994, which took 85 lives, and of the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia in1996, in which 19 American soldiers were killed. He refuses to acknowledge that the Holocaust happened, and claims that in any case it is something only historians should be concerned with.
Rouhani has also called Israel “a wound” on the Middle East that must be removed. His boast about deceiving the West into believing that Iran, from 2003 to 2005, had stopped enriching uranium is well known.
As a young cleric Hassan Rouhani started his political activities by following the Ayatollah Khomenini during the beginning of the Iranian Islamist movement and joined the Ayatollah in France in later years. During the student protests in 1999, Rouhani was then secretary of Supreme National Security Council, and he stated at a pro-government rally that "At dusk yesterday we received a decisive revolutionary order to crush mercilessly and monumentally any move of these opportunist elements wherever it may occur. From today our people shall witness how in the arena our law enforcement force . . . shall deal with these opportunists and riotous elements, if they simply dare to show their faces."
Hassan Rouhani may not be as vocal about annihilating the state of Israel as past Iranian leaders, but don't be fooled, he is anything but moderate. Obama and European leaders wish things to be what they're not, rather than what they are. Western leaders want Rouhani to be a clear thinking, peace loving moderate and they are willing to throw the Israelis to the wolves in order to avoid what must be done.
Norman Podhoretz ends his article with words of wisdom to those (Obama, Europeans) that think Iran will end their nuclear ambitions through negotiations, or that somehow the world can tolerate a nuclear Iran. Podhoretz writes....
"And so my counsel to proponents of the new consensus is to consider the unspeakable horrors that would then be visited not just on Israel and Iran but on the entire region and beyond. The destruction would be far worse than any imaginable consequences of an Israeli conventional strike today when there is still a chance to put at least a temporary halt, and conceivably even a permanent one, to the relentless Iranian quest for the bomb."
I couldn't agree more Mr. Podhoretz.